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Plans for Valley Pound Expansion Move Forward

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Plans to expand a Shenandoah Valley regional pound are moving ahead this week. 

Augusta County is developing the project to build on to a converted kennel, which shelters strays from Staunton, Waynesboro and the county. 

The county will request a special use permit from the Board of Zoning Appeals this week. That's the first step to allow an expansion at the overcrowded former kennel in Lyndhurst. 

Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County opened the Shenandoah Valley Animal Service Center in September of 2011 to take in strays. It was a cheaper option than building a new pound - which a study estimated would have cost more than $2.5 million. 

The service center can house up to 40 dogs and 75 cats, but it's overcrowded as the shelter tries to save more of those animals for adoptions or rescues. An 1,800-square-foot expansion would nearly double the space. 

"We are meeting all state and local regulations with regard to holding and sheltering pound animals. Our purpose for expansion is to accommodate in holding those animals longer for the rescue agencies to find placements," said Pat Coffield, an Augusta County administrator. 

To save some expense, engineers from the cities and county are designing the expansion. They hope to use inmates from the Middle River Regional Jail to help with construction 

The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider the special use permit at its meeting Thursday. If approved, the county will continue design work and begin private fundraising to help cover the cost.

It could take six months to a year to open the expansion.

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